L'Auberge Provencale
L'Auberge Provencale

L'Auberge Provencale

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.laubergeprovencale.com/restaurant.html
  • Phone: 5408371375
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday & Wednesday thru Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French American, French
  • Executive Chef: Alain Borel
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Join us in our Melon, Peach, or Blue room for your private party, dinner, or special event. Each room is spectacularly unique and fit for any occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Celeste Borel 5408371375

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking in private lot off restaurant entrance.
A word from L'Auberge Provencale
L’Auberge Provençale of the Shenandoah Valley is a Washington DC Bed and Breakfast Getaway in the style of a quintessential French Country Bed and Breakfast Inn. Celeste and Alain Borel, innkeepers of this Northern Virginia Luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn, have created a bit of Provence with award winning French cuisine. Enjoy Virginia Wine Country as you savor our five-course menu, which blooms into seven, with herbs and vegetables grown in this Virginia Bed and Breakfast's garden and a bounty of fruits in summer from our orchard. Our award winning wine list will help set the tone for a romantic Virginia weekend getaway.
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L'Auberge Provencale reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (30)special occasion (29)fit for foodies (21)notable wine list (19)scenic view (14)great for outdoor dining (13)great for brunch (8)neighborhood gem (5)good for groups (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Excellent Brunch
    Bandit96
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    It was the last day of summer and we wanted a special outing to close out the season. We decided to take a drive and try out the L'Auberge Provencale for Sunday brunch. The menu was excellent - but a real menu with appetizer, brunch entrée and dessert. All selections were extremely well-prepared and presented. The service was attentive without being overly present - perfect. Since the day was beautiful, we made the decision to eat outdoors. The terrace is extremely attractive and provides a very pleasant view of the countryside. Unfortunately for us, on that Sunday the stink bugs were out in force and one actually flew down my dress (a very unpleasant experience to say the least!). Despite the bugs, we would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous experience!
    leighVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A memorable experience worth the trip! Service was unmatched! Food was wonderful and presentation worth the wait! Great place. Next time we plan on staying over in the B&B to enjoy breakfast as well!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French charm with a modern twist
    snowVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    After a recent visit to L'Auberge Provencale, I find myself wanting to sing their praise. If you haven't been, picture rolling hills leading to the Shenandoah and a quaint, yet elegant B&B. You must go, if only to escape DC and it's suburbs. If you have been, you must go back for the new chef. Dishes were thoughtfully brought out by friendly staff and showcased food you'd expect to see from any of the top 10 restaurants in DC. The menu was very seasonal, drawing on the neighboring farms. Try any of the peach dishes if they're still there. Overall, just have fun and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to return
    FoodloveVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Loved our recent dinner-we had the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings. Each dish was innovative, beautifully prepared and delicious. The Thai broth percolating table side made quite an impression! The paired wine tastings were spot on with generous pours. Each of the servers was friendly and knowledgeable about the food and wines. This is a lovely and well run inn from start to finish. We live far away but are plotting our return soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    incredible meal!! Tasting menu was superb!! Delicious, innovative, great presentation, will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French Treat
    EricLiz
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Was a wonderful dining experience from beginning to end. Can stand up to any NYC restaurant
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My opinion, nytimes 3 stars!
    Terence
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Amazing dinner experience. Match up if not better than most top restaurants in NYC. Definitely will visit again next time in DC!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative
    Voytek
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you are looking for out of the ordinary presentation while still preserving a primary interest in tasting good, this heaven. Of the 10 or so dishes ordered or presented as additions by the chef, only one was disappointing, a slightly tough duck breast. Overall, one of the best meals I have enjoyed in Virginia.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very unique and food was excellent. Many of the items on the menu were made with items from their local garden.
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    romantic
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  • Classy excellence
    Snowbird
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were able to sit outdoors on the lovely patio. We were accommodated when we ordered the 3 course price fixed meal; we substituted a salad course for the dessert. We ordered a VA local wine that was outstanding. Service was flawless. The homemade brioche, cornbread with bacon and the parmesan biscuits, truly incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Another Wonderful Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I had a four course meal which is more like 6 courses. All well prepared, plated and designed. The food tastes wonderful. The service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Perfect anniversary dinner
    gunner59
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We recently ate at L'Auberge Prvencale while staying there for our 30th anniversary. We have had the opportunity to dine in many cities around the world and will remember this meal among the most special. The chef is creative and meal full of lovely surprises.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • An anniversary dinner to remember
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We chose the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings for our 19th anniversary dinner and enjoyed every morsel and sip delivered to our table. The food was delicious, creative, perfectly timed and sized appropriately for a multi-course meal. The wine pairings were delightful as well. The wait staff provided both excellent service and a wonderful warmth and intimacy that truly added to the experience. We highly recommend L'Auberge Provencale. The food, ambience, and service can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Great food, service, atmosphere
    Donny
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great brunch, good food, excellent service. Had dinner there a while back with friends. Dinner was excellent, so was the service. We were delighted they started serving brunch and was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Creative French Modern Cuisine
    CoryAndStef
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    My husband and I spent a few days in the Shenandoah Valley for our anniversary, and had dinner at L'Auberge. It was quite expensive, but worth it for a special occasion. All of our choices from the prix fixe menu were incredible: fresh, delicate, very flavorful. The chef threw in a few extras, turning our 4 course meal into a 7 course meal. Presentation was very creative, and garnered some raised eyebrows from my husband. We loved it and may spend every anniversary at L'Auberge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fred
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Inventive cuisine in an attractive setting which would benefit from a broader selection of wines by the glass...more California reds and some Virginia Whites, especially Viognier, would not go amiss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Superb food and Service. We definitely will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 145 reviews are from the L'Auberge Provencale reviews archive.
  • Overpriced and noisy road
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We were looking for a brunch in Northern VA and discovered this little spot. Since we were not guests at the B & B, we made the drive out just for a meal. Generally the food was tasty, though for the cost was expecting higher quality and better portions. Again, if the food was perfect the portions could even be overlooked, but was found lacking. Burnt bread, overpowering salt, blueberry muffins missing blueberries? Coupled with the road noise disrupting an otherwise pleasant outdoor atmosphere. The highlight for me was the chocolate delice dessert. Was it worth $50? Negative. The potential is there, but inconsistent food quality and poor location, sadly, just didn't make the drive worth it.
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  • A thrill in dining
    excellencendiningpls
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    5 star in every way! Every single bite was excellent, creative, modern sophisticated yet comfortable and inspiring. A treat for any foodie or serious lover of great cuisine. Can't wait to go back!! Worth a drive for anyone from DC as well- (I live closer) and worth a stay. The staff is so welcoming and addresses your every whim. A jewel of a dining experience-similiar in tastes and creativity as the Inn At Little Washington. This chef is phenomenal. He has been there 4 months and has taken the restaurant to new heights.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Imhungry
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Food here was amazingly great! Can't recommend it enough!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Once Again
    RickVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our third trip to L'Auberge Provençale and they did not disappoint. Delicious and eclectic food. Fresh veggies and a brilliant French sauces for the main courses. The desserts are equally special. We shall return!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • A True Delight
    HuskyinDC
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    A must visit for any lover of good food and absolutely worth the drive from DC. Exquisite, creative, and delicious menu and impeccable, non-pretentious service. We elected for the three-course tasting and left more than satiated, although wishing we had opted for the fourth course that included the foie gras. With a wine list of over 3,000 choices, including many half bottles, there's something for every palette. We look forward to coming back for many special, and not-so-special occasions!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    outstanding cuisine and service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    CandyVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We enjoyed immensely dining at L'Augerge Provencal. From the moment we arrived we felt transported to France. Being in the Garden room was very special with the light from the setting sun. We ordered the Tasting Menu, and knew we would be having a very special evening from the first course. It was a delight to the eyes, and somewhat whimsical in creating food dishes to entertain us and feed us. Every course exceeded the previous one, and every bite was delicious. The breads were very good. The service was very kind and friendly. A very extraordinary and special evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Exceptional Dining Experience
    tiumli
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for Mother's Day and had an unforgettable meal. The reviews we read before going were great and it exceeded our expectations. We have dined at places characterized as gourmet, but this is the first one where we felt it truly applied. It was a fun experience and not at all pretentious. It is pricey, but well worth it. Our four course meal was well paced. Although menu is not extensive, it offers enough for all preferences. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Staff's knowledge of the menu was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning!!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    What beautiful, delicious, creative food! The dining room is pretty and comfortable and the staff is friendly and knowledgable about the food and wine they are serving. We wish we lived closer so we could visit more often.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great Find in Out of the way Area
    amooreVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Really surprised to find such an inventive and great tasting menu in such a remote area. I loved the whole meal. It was very expensive, so we won't go back too often, but will certainly go once a season.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable
    Suebeam
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We are never disappointed at L'Auberge Provencale. The food is very creative and delicious. The service is flawless.
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    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much $$ for quality
    ShenValleydiner
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We used to love this restaurant but the new chef is a let down. When I pay that much for a meal I expect it to be one of the best restaurant meals I have had and this simply was not. The chef pays more attention to gimicky presentation of the food than to preparing a high quality, great tasting meal (such as the portobello infusion made tableside in what the owner even said reminded her of a fourth grade science experiment). This was a very disappointing experience and as much as we used to love this place I'm sad to say we won't be back. When you charge those prices you only deserve one chance to get it right.
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  • Great food and service, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great food and service, but it is very expensive. However, I would highly recommend trying it on a special night out.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely, just lovely
    Mary
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I brought my grown daughter here for her birthday. Everything was wonderful! From the service to the food to our fellow diners singing Happy Birthday, the evening was a success. The chef even brought out a special dessert basket for her birthday and it was amazing. The macaroons were simply incredible. Thank you so much!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a memorable celebration
    SGhc
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    A friend who loves good food was turning 70, so we made a reservation to take him to L'Auberge. The folks there quickly followed up on my note that it would be a birthday celebration, asking how they could help make it memorable. We were there midweek, so almost had the place to ourselves. The staff was solicitous and most patient with our endless questions about the unfamiliar on the menu. Deciding from the choices was quite a challenge, since all sounded so enticing. We let the birthday boy pick his preference from the dessert options, and the chef arranged a wonderful chocolate Birthday Card as part of it, to the delight of the recipient. I'm sure he much preferred that to the standard birthday cake.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A northern Virginia must visit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Escape the beltway and head West. Great ambiance, excellent food, and excellent service.We will be recommending this Inn to our friends visiting the area.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ill probably never go back.
    Jaep
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Ill probably never go back. Way too expensive for the lousy food served. (I used to be an avid loyal fan of this place also, having gone there numerous times over the past 20 years)
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • romantic getaway
    Ruby
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We ate at Lauberge during our 2 night stay in January. It was a fantastic meal. We did the chef's tasting menu which had plenty of "hits" including the portobella dish which took a page from Breaking Bad with their use of a chemistry set to infuse the broth with the flavors of the mushroom and herbs, the squash soup which was light but creamy at the same time, and the lobster, which while slightly overcooked was delicious and accompanied by a fabulous melange of vegetables. The beer selection, while limited, was great, including duchesse de bourgogne and a delicious bourbon barrel stout.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive but worth it
    razorburtVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    One of the finest restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic. The price nearly doubles with two or three alcoholic beverages, however. The night of my experience, and that is what it is, it was all about presentation....carbonated soda and egg nog prepared with your assistance at the table... a mushroom and herbs emulsion cooked at the table in a Bunsen-burner style tea maker... and, my favorite - a beaker full of wood smoke brought to the table so you could prepare a sprig of rosemary inside the beaker for swirling in a fantastic soup. It was all so entertaining. Sadly, it ended with a quite bland and totally sweetless dessert.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Special, special
    Mitch
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I took my wife to dinner here to celebrate her birthday. The outstanding restaurant started first with contacting me to ask if we had any food allergies or dislikes (wonderful). The restaurant is gorgeous, the setting is country-wonderful, there were fires in the fireplaces and the food and service was outstanding. I fully recommend this restaurant for any special occasion!
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  • Absolutely LOVED this restaurant.
    Unusual2Dislike
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We highly recommend this restaurant. The food is amazing and while the portions appear small, we left so full we couldn't have eaten another bite of anything. The service is impeccable and unusual in this day and age. The whole meal is definitely an experience and well worth the trip! The service just puts it over the top.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We each tried something new
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    We each tried something new and the meal was a wonderful surprise. In between courses, the resturant staff provided us little bite-sized things to try. These items came with intersting packagings. They have a very extensive wine list, something for everyone.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Palchuk
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Truly a most memorable experience. From food, presentation and service along with charming country ambience we will never forget it.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.